Author Archives: Beth Williams

Stig-Ove Sivertsen Watercolors Explore the Mutable Medium

Working in watercolors, Norwegian artist Stig-Ove Sivertsen recalls the Pablo Picasso print that hung in his childhood home—a reproduction portrait of Picasso’s muse, Sylvette David. The work shows her in full profile; while representational, it betrays a primitive abstract quality that recalls his earlier Cubist-inspired works. The work’s lasting impression on Sivertsen is...

Window Reflections Using Watercolor| Robin Erickson Cityscape Gallery

Robin Erickson finds the extraordinary in the ordinary by painting window reflections using watercolor. While others dash past cityscape windows to their destinations, she watches and waits with her camera. Through those windows, she sees everyday sights: racks of clothing on display, a pizza maker plying his trade, an empty café table ready for...

Summer Inspiration | Watercolor Artist June 2017 Issue Preview

Get inspired just in time for summer! The June 2017 issue of Watercolor Artist features ways to express yourself—whether you’re a landscape, portrait, still life or animal painter. Highlights in this issue include: 14 surefire solutions to pesky painting problems Complex reflections made easy Tips for pouring a moody landscape Ideas...

18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Top Award Winners

Pastel Journal is pleased to share a video preview of our April 2017 issue featuring the talents of the top award and category winners in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. Also included in the April issue—available at northlightshop.com and on newsstands March 7th: exclusive interviews with 30 prizewinning artists, insight from the Pastel...

Diana Sanford | Richeson Pastel Bronze Award Winner

Diana Sanford‘s pastel abstract, Reckoning, received the Richeson Pastel Bronze Award in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. “Color and design are the strengths here, with impeccably subtle layering,” says Abstract & Non-Objective Category Juror Marcia Holmes of Sanford’s award-winning pastel abstract, below. “There’s also intrigue. We want to see this painting...

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Watercolor Cityscapes | Daniel Napp Gallery

Watercolor cityscapes and landscapes by Daniel Napp feature an expressive style and dramatic light effects that bring a modern vibe to traditional European scenes. His technique for compelling scenes builds off open forms and surprising color juxtapositions. “A good watercolor appears like a collection of simple shapes that are painted without effort,” the German artist...

NYC Watercolor Cityscapes | Tim Saternow Gallery

Tim Saternow takes his NYC watercolor cityscapes to new heights. In his urban scenes, the grit and weight of masonry and steel are so enveloped in light that they threaten to dissolve into the air around them. His paintings deploy highly adventurous watercolor handling to break up the image, melt away...

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Plein Air Landscapes | Edward Kennedy Pastel Gallery

Edward Kennedy’s plein air pastel landscapes take viewers to many places—a shimmering river in Yellowstone National Park, the rocky coast of Maine and sleepy country roads in the Midwest. No matter the setting, though, the paintings by this mostly self-taught artist conjure a deeper place—that calm, meditative state of mind that can...

Creative Year Kickstart | Pastel Journal Feb 2017 Preview

Start your creative year off right! The February 2017 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features ways to express yourself—through mixed media, dynamic strokes, texture and sketching. PLUS: Learn six practical ways to make more room for art in your life—and how to make it more meaningful, too. Featured artists include cover artist Jinghan...

Watercolor Without Rules | Nadine Charlsen Watercolor Gallery

When watercolorist Nadine Charlsen walked into Paul Ching-Bor’s class, his first words caught her by surprise: “I don’t have rules.” Foregoing traditional technique, he started dark and worked light; he liberally scratched parts off and scrubbed others out, “and I’d never seen that before,” Charlsen says. That class challenged her own tendencies,...

Watercolor Figures | Yael Maimon Gallery

Israeli artist Yael Maimon is known for adept, expressive strokes; bold, vivid colors; and delightfully  engaging painting series of cats, desserts and fairytale figures. “I think that over the years I’ve developed my own style that keeps evolving,” she says. “It’s a natural process; it’s not static. Style builds slowly over time and shifts in...